Professional Leadership team makes gift to Tomorrow Campaign


By Barbra Green -- A special group of Jewish community professionals recently came together on behalf of UJA Federation’s Tomorrow Campaign. Taking a break from morning meetings and calls, the 19 staff members, many joined by spouses, gathered at the Lipa Green Centre and raised a glass to a unique collective of donors – each other.

From all facets of UJA Federation and from a number of Jewish agencies, they pooled their resources ($10,000 each) – and passion for this community – to name the Professional Leadership Meeting Room in the beautiful new conference centre of the Lipa Green Centre.

“The professional team is leading by example. You should be exceptionally proud,” said Leslie Gales, chair of the Tomorrow Leadership Cabinet. “In my mind, this is the most important gift our community has ever received.”

UJA Federation’s Tomorrow Campaign is raising $400 million to build and revitalize three incredible centres of Jewish life across the GTA: the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus in Vaughan, Sherman Campus at Bathurst and Sheppard, and the Miles Nadal JCC and The Wolfond Centre for Jewish Campus Life in Toronto’s downtown district.

“It is not easy to make this kind of commitment,” said Elizabeth Wolfe, Chair of the Board of UJA Federation. “It is a statement of collective responsibility and leadership to the entire community,” she said, adding that the Professional Leadership Meeting Room demonstrates that the Tomorrow Campaign is not just about multi-million dollar gifts.

“This is a campaign where the entire community can participate,” she said.

Lisa Morrison, Chief, Annual Development for UJA Federation, was one of the driving forces behind the recruitment of donors for the gift. While the conference centre was under construction, she participated in a hard hat tour and “fell in love with the southeast corner.” Today, the room is alive with activity, home to many of the more than 3,000 meetings that take place in the centre every year.

“This gift is a real statement of pride we feel in this community and in this Federation,” said Morrison.

It is hoped that this gift will inspire others to join forces – and finances – to help build a better, stronger Jewish Toronto.

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